Inscribed l.r.: Jaffa and dated March 26 1858
Watercolour over pen and ink and pencil, 4.5 by 12.5 cm
Provenance: Sotheby's, London, 16 July 1992, lot 165
Lear's trip to the Middle East in the Spring of 1858 resulted in several impressive views of Jerusalem, two of which are now in the Tate (inv.2753 and 2792). He wrote in his diary on the day the present drawing was executed:
"Rose at 6 having slept very decently. Sea Calm, hardly in any wind. Jaffa..."
(diary entry for Friday 26 March 1858)